Cancelled viewings, cancelled sales and disappearing tenants – estate agents face an uncertain spring season as the coronavirus takes hold. The country’s two largest estate agency firms have closed their branch networks with staff working remotely and many of the properties on their books available to view by virtual tour only.
On Monday DNG chief executive Keith Lowe announced that all 80 branches in the DNG network will remain closed until March 30th and all staff will be working remotely using a live chat system to liaise with customers and virtual tours to show properties. The network has more than 5,000 properties available for sale.
Meanwhile the country’s largest estate agency, Sherry FitzGerald, has told about 300 staff to work from home while a further 300 franchisees, who run Sherry FitzGerald affiliate branches around the country, have been encouraged to work remotely where possible.
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